Brady needs Premier League football if he is to be Ireland's saviour

Brady needs Premier League football if he is to be Ireland's saviour

Robbie Brady was inspirational for the Republic of Ireland at this summer’s European Championship in France but the Norwich City man may have a hard time trying to impress Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane whilst playing in the Championship. The Canaries were relegated at the first time of asking last season and Brady’s status on the international stage could suffer unless he pushes for a move away from Carrow Road this summer.

And if truth be told, the player is certainly capable of strutting his stuff in the Premier League. He was outstanding for Ireland throughout the tournament and his performances may have helped to attract plenty of attention from top flight clubs. Unfortunately, he still has a few years left on his deal at Norwich and Alex Neil’s men will only sell if a suitable offer comes in for the 24-year-old. Who knows, a big club could come knocking very soon – only time will tell…

According to some reports, Premier League champions Leicester City are eyeing up a potential move for Brady if Riyad Mahrez leaves the club this summer. The Algerian was a key figure for Claudio Ranieri’s side last season but he could be set for a mega money move to either Arsenal or Chelsea. Should Mahrez move on, the Foxes will need a like-for-like replacement and Brady could be the man to try to guide Leicester to back-to-back titles.

But he will also be focused on guiding the Republic of Ireland out of a difficult qualifying group as O’Neill’s men attempt to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia. At the time of writing, Ireland are 11/2 to win the group in Bet365’s football betting markets but it won’t be easy. Wales, Serbia and Austria will all provide stern tests to O’Neill’s men and they will need to be at their very best to secure qualification for back-to-back major tournaments.a

To be fair to Brady, he has stayed out of the spotlight with regards to his future and he has tried to do the talking on the pitch. At 24 years old, he is still young and has plenty of time to mature into a top talent but the only way that he will do that is by playing in the Premier League week-in, week-out. The Championship is a tough division but you won’t fulfil your potential unless you play against the best players in the world.

Robbie Brady is a phenomenal young talent and he really should be playing at the top level of English football. On his day, he is capable of unlocking the sturdiest defences and his creativity and audacity will appeal to Ranieri’s Leicester. If a move happens, fantastic. If not, O’Neill shouldn’t forget about Brady’s ability just because he is playing in the Championship – it will be much tougher but he has enough quality to shine and fire Ireland to the World Cup.